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P. cm. eISBN: 978-0-345-52436-2 1. Coffee shops—Afghanistan—Kabul—Fiction. 2. Female friendship—Afghanistan—Kabul—Fiction. 3. Kabul (Afghanistan)—Fiction. I. Title. 1_r1 This book is dedicated with love to the three most important people in my life. My mother, Loie Turner, is a woman who encompasses grace, beauty, and compassion. I owe you so much. Even when we are far apart in miles, you are always close to my heart. And to my sons, Noah and Zachary Lentz, whose journeys are just beginning. Our road was not always a smooth one, but I know it has made us stronger.
What would she do without Bashir? She’d come to rely on him so. “No, no, no,” he said, shaking his head. “But I am concerned. I know it was very busy today, but it won’t be busy this afternoon or tonight. Miss Sunny, we must talk about the money. ” “But Miss Sunny, we need more money to keep the café safe. And you safe and your customers. ” She let out a breath and looked out the window over his shoulder. Yes, the suicide bombings were on the increase and the kidnappings, too, yes, she knew. Just last month, a young man—a boy, really, from all accounts—strapped with an IED, an improvised explosive device, had blown himself up, and everything around him, two streets away.
For, according to the rigid, unspoken rules, if no husband was present, then the father’s identity was uncertain and anyone was suspect. She had to do whatever was necessary to keep her growing body covered. Maybe by the time the baby came into the world, some miracle would happen to allow her to raise her child without danger to either of them. The sun had moved a little higher and Yazmina knew that it was time to get to the café. The morning people would be sitting down already, with their newspapers and computers, talking in Dari and English, French and Arabic, about many things.